CAPABLE: An aggregate process planning system for integrated product development

Paul G. Maropoulos*, Hugh D. Bradley, Zhihui Yao

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One of the most complex problems in the integrated design and manufacture of products is the meaningful and rapid conversion of early product specifications into manufacturing and assembly process requirements. The theoretical background to the research described herein is the definition of a new, time-based process planning architecture that consists of three levels corresponding to aggregate, management and detailed planning. The Concurrent Assembly and Process Assessments BLocks for Engineering manufacture (CAPABLE) is an aggregate process planning tool-kit which is designed to support the integrated product development process from its early stages. The main functions of CAPABLE relate to; the identification of production technology requirements, process and equipment selection, production route generation, evaluation of factory configuration and the rapid evaluation of what-if scenarios concerning product configuration and processing options. An initial testing phase has been completed in close collaboration with the industrial partner with very encouraging results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 1998
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors wish to acknowledge the financial support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK) and of Caterpillar Peterlee.


  • Aggregate process planning
  • Computer aided process planning
  • Concurrent engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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